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8 Adventure Activities in the Lake District

One of the UK’s most visited natural attractions, the Lake District is also the perfect place to seek adventure.

Whether reaching new heights trekking along the hill tops, taking to the water with a selection of water sports, or exploring the fascinating labyrinth of caves, one thing is certain: there are plenty of thrills to be had here. To help unleash your inner explorer, guests staying at our self-catering accommodation in the Lake District will also benefit from exclusive guest discounts to some of the Lake’s top adventure attractions. Get ready to feel an adrenaline rush!

Reach New Heights

Hiking & Rock Climbing

If you are ready to try something adventurous but would like to start slowly, why not try hiking up a mountain and surrounding yourself with stunning views? Suitable for adults and children, you will most certainly enjoy this challenge without feeling you are being pushed too far. And if you are feeling a little more adventurous, you can always try your hand at rock climbing. Don’t forget to take a picture once you get to the top. The Lake District is guaranteed to provide some jaw-dropping panoramic views.

Provider: River Deep Mountain High – booking required

Minimum Age: 6 years old

Windermere Marina guest discount: 10% off

Distance from Windermere Marina: depends on the location you explore

Tree Top Adventures

Unleash your inner Tarzan and explore the tree tops of Grizedale Forest. With different age and ability levels on offer, there is something for the whole family here, from an obstacle course a full 19 metres off the ground to zip-wiring down through the forest. Adrenaline will be high, and fears will be conquered. Above all, it will be an experience you will not forget.

Provider: Go Ape – booking required

Minimum age: All ages are welcome, but participants must be over 1 metre tall and/or 7 stones.  Check the details for the activity you wish to visit.

Windermere Marina guest discount: 10% off

Distance from Windermere Marina: 30 mins drive via the Windermere Car Ferry

Stay on the Ground

Country Sports

Take in the stunning countryside around the Lake District with an added pinch of adrenaline. From quad biking to clay shooting and horse riding, you will find an array of country sports and other adventures at Rookin House. With a range of activities to suit all ages, you will most certainly be able to try something you have never tried before and involve the whole family, even the little ones.

Provider: Rookin House – booking required

Minimum age: from toddlers to adults – check individual activities for more information.

Windermere Marina guest discount: 5% off

Distance from Windermere Marina: 1hr drive

Abseiling

With abseiling you won’t be staying on the ground so much as roping down to it. Ramp up the adrenaline by lowering yourself down a rock face using ropes. Available for children 10 years and older, this is a fantastic activity for families with older children, as well as adults.

Provider: River Deep Mountain High – booking required

Minimum Age: 10 years old

Windermere Marina guest discount: 10% off

Distance from Windermere Marina: depends on the location you explore

 

Caving

Hidden out of sight in the Yorkshire Dales is the UK’s most extensive network of caves and potholes, some big enough to fit St Paul’s Cathedral inside! While not technically part of the Lake District, the Dales are literally next door, so you can immerse yourself in a guided caving adventure and go exploring caves and uncovering hidden mines. Be ready to conquer the dark and marvel at nature’s hidden treasures.

Provider: Door 2 Door Adventures – booking required

Minimum Age: check with provider

Windermere Marina guest discount: 10% off

Distance from Windermere Marina: depends on the location you explore

If you are coming to celebrate a wonderful half-term event in Windermere, then you will want to be aware of all the fantastic events happening in the Lake District so that you can plan a week full of impressive activities and good food. In this section, we take a look at some of the very best events taking place in the Bowness area and throughout the Lake District.

Take It to the Water

And of course, being on a lake, we could not miss water sports. From paddleboarding and sailing to canoeing and kayaking, there is plenty to do in the Lake District if you don’t mind getting wet.

Sailing

A sport of logical thinking and skill, sailing is an educational and fun activity for older kids and families. It also affords you the ability of getting on the water while keeping reasonably dry. You can sail on your own or as part of a group; either way, you are guaranteed to have a fun day out.

Provider: River Deep Mountain High – booking required

Minimum Age: 6 years old

Windermere Marina guest discount: 10% off

Distance from Windermere Marina: depends on the location you explore

Gorge Walking & Canoeing

Take on waterfalls while you climb up steep river banks, walking in the path of the water and come back down canoeing, using ropes or simply jumping into the water pools. Gorge Walking is also one of the few activities that gets better when it rains, so it’s a perfect rainy day out with family and friends.

Provider: Door 2 Door Adventures – booking required

Minimum Age: check with provider

Windermere Marina guest discount: 10% off

Distance from Windermere Marina: depends on the location you explore

Canoeing, Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Glide through the waters of Windermere in a canoe, kayak or paddleboard, surrounded by beautiful views, watching the world go by from the water. Take a taster session for a couple of hours or hire the equipment if you have already tried it before. Great fun for adults and children, especially teens.

ProviderWindermere Canoe & Kayak– booking required

Minimum Age: check with provider

Windermere Marina guest discount: 10% off water sports hire

Distance from Windermere Marina: 5 mins walk

All of these discounts are exclusively available to guests of Windermere Marina Village, so why not book your self-catering accommodation in the Lake District with us today.

If you are looking for a day out which is sure to catch your child’s imagination, we would strongly suggest a visit to the Children’s Trail and Beatrix Potter’s house. On Samuel Whiskers’ Children Trail, your children will need to search for Samuel Whiskers and his friends around the Hill Top house and seek out hedgehogs in the garden as your family follow the trail.

Potter bought the house back in 1905 with the proceeds from her first and most popular book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Potter wrote the vast majority of her books from this location, using the surrounding countryside as inspiration. Inside the House, you’ll find that each room has a tale to tell, with inspiration from Potter’s many books.

 

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